Earlier this Fall at Medicine 2.0, PatientsLikeMe was honored to receive the inaugural Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR) Award for our paper on what we can learn about drugs post market from patients reporting treatment experiences on PatientsLikeMe.
Once a drug is on the market, it can be difficult to evaluate how it’s working in the real world for different kinds of people using it for different purposes. In this paper, our research team examined how we can learn from collecting the experiences from individual members scattered around the world into a single database. The study focused on Amitriptyline, a medication used widely and for a variety of purposes, and reports on why patients take it, the efficacy of the drug, its side-effects and associated burden.
To see patients’ real world experiences with a specific treatment, like Amitriptyline, you can browse the thousands of treatment reports shared on PatientsLikeMe. You can also view a summary of our Medicine 2.0 presentation here or below to learn more about this study. The full paper will be published in 2010, so stay tuned!